Counterpoint: Backwards Compatibility is a Privilege, Not a Right

Earlier this week, Sony revealed PlayStation Now, a new service that will allow PSOne, PS2, and PS3 games to be played on the PlayStation 4, Vita, and select internet connected devices (like the Sony Bravia television). With no backwards compatibility offered on the PS4, some viewed this as Sony's answer to the problem, despite Sony flat-out rejecting that notion. In an opinion piece I wrote earlier this week, I weighed in on the idea that despite Sony's claims, PlayStation Now isn't the answer, but it is a solution. More importantly, it's a solution we should be grateful, not demanding for.

Sony doesn't, nor did they ever, owe us backwards compatibility. Anybody frustrated that they can't play their PlayStation 3 games on their PlayStation 4 is certainly well within their right to be upset, but it's unwarranted...

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